Agenda for September 2013

Joint, Select & Other Committees

Aging and Disability, Joint Legislative Executive Committee Child Care Improvements for the Future, Task Force
Economic Development & International Relations, Legislative Committee Higher Education Committee, Joint
Legislative Audit & Review Committee, Joint Legislative Ethics Board
Pension Funding Council Pension Policy, Select Committee
Prior Authorization Work Group Transportation, Joint Committee
Veterans' & Military Affairs, Joint Committee

Aging and Disability, Joint Legislative Executive Committee -  09/25/13  10:30 am

Full Committee
(360) 786-7392
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:  
  1. Introductions, overview of the Committee, and selection of chairs.
  2. Aging 101: Information regarding state services for the aging population, including funding and demographic data.
  3. Progress of Department of Social and Health Services and Health Care Authority initiatives to inventory long-term care resources and demographic data.
  4. Overview of the upcoming Governor's Aging Summit.
  5. Public testimony.





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Child Care Improvements for the Future, Task Force* -  09/10/13  12:30 pm

Full Committee
(360) 786-7462
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 9/6/2013 at 9:12 AM

Agenda:  
  1. 2SSB 5595 Charge/Scope.
  2. Choose Co-chairs.
  3. Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program Expansion.
    1. Scope of SB 5904 workgroup.
    2. Scope of legislators' individual interim projects that pertain to the integration of preschool and child care.
    3. Discussion: Independent action items for this task force.
  4. Presentation from Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Department of Social and Health Services.
    1. Overview of current subsidy and copay rates.
    2. Recent changes to subsidy eligibility.
  5. Presentation from DEL: Status of tiered reimbursement implementation.
  6. Discussion.
  7. Meeting schedule.

*Meeting concludes at 3:30 p.m.



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Economic Development & International Relations, Legislative Committee -  09/13/13  9:00 am

Full Committee
(360) 786-7786
Everett Community College, Jackson Conference Center
Senator Room, 2000 Tower St.
Everett, WA

Agenda:  EB-5 The Federal Government's Immigrant Investor Program in Washington State.





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Higher Education Committee, Joint -  09/16/13  11:30 am

Full Committee
(360) 786-7407
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:  
  1. Review legislative charge of the Joint Higher Education Committee.
  2. Elect committee co-chairs.
  3. Adopt committee procedures.
  4. Overview of Washington Student Achievement Council's 10-year road map development process and draft.
  5. Committee discussion.

Meeting time is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



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Legislative Audit & Review Committee, Joint* -  09/18/13  10:00 am

Full Committee
(360) 786-5288
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 9/11/2013 at 3:57 PM

Agenda:  
  1. Committee Business: *Approval of February 20, 2013, and August 14, 2013, JLARC Meeting Minutes.
  2. Scope and Objectives:
    1. Forensic Accounting Audit of The Columbia River Crossing Project.
    2. Review of How the Washington State Department of Transportation Assesses Highway Preservation and Maintenance Needs.
  3. Preliminary Report: Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT): Lack of Data Hinders Evaluation and Administration of the Program - Preliminary Report.

*Action Item. Published materials and reports, when available, can be found at http://www.jlarc.leg.wa.gov



Legislative Audit & Review Committee, Joint* -  09/20/13  1:00 pm

Tax Preferences Commission
(360) 786-5288
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 9/19/2013 at 9:26 AM

Agenda:  
  1. Action Item: Approval of August 16, 2013, Meeting Minutes.
  2. Action Item: 10-Year Review Schedule:
    1. Technical Changes After 2013 Session.
    2. Determination of 2014 Review Schedule.
    3. Approval of 10-Year Schedule.
  3. Public Comment on 2013 Tax Preference Performance Reviews.
  4. Process for Adopting Commission Comments on the 2013 Tax Preference Performance Reviews.

To better inform their deliberations, Commissioners ask that stakeholders include responses to a set of questions when presenting testimony either in support or in opposition to a tax preference. The questions are found by clicking on the link: http://www.citizentaxpref.wa.gov/testifying.htm Published materials for the Citizens Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences can be found at http://www.citizentaxpref.wa.gov when available.



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Legislative Ethics Board -  09/05/13  12:00 pm

Full Committee
(360) 786-7540
Senate Rules Room
Legislative Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:  
  1. Public Meeting: Agenda to be announced.
  2. Executive Session: Discussion -- Investigatory stage of pending complaints.





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Pension Funding Council -  09/18/13  8:30 am

Full Committee
(360) 786-7715
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:  
  1. Introduction.
  2. Selection of Chair.
  3. Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) Presentation.
  4. Washington State Retirement Systems Financial Condition and Economic Assumptions.
  5. Public Comment.
  6. Next steps.





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Pension Policy, Select Committee -  09/17/13  10:00 am

Full Committee
(360) 786-6142
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:  To be announced.





Pension Policy, Select Committee -  09/17/13  1:00 pm

Executive Committee
(360) 786-6142
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:  To be announced.





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Prior Authorization Work Group* -  09/11/13  1:00 pm

Full Committee
(360) 786-7407
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 9/9/2013 at 3:01 PM

Work Session:  
  1. Introductions.
  2. Current efforts relating to prior authorization.
  3. Perspective of health care professionals.
  4. Group discussion on prior authorization issues.
  5. Next steps.

Meeting time is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.



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Transportation, Joint Committee* -  09/11/13  10:00 am

Full Committee
(360) 786-7329
Union Station
Ruth Fisher Boardroom, 401 S Jackson St.
Seattle, WA

REVISED on 9/5/2013 at 1:12 PM

Agenda:  
  1. Introductions and Welcome.
  2. Puget Sound Transit Agencies --- Three Puget Sound Transit agencies will discuss their current and future operations, given their service needs, potential service cuts, and their revenue outlook:
    1. Sound Transit -- Joni Earl, CEO, Sound Transit.
    2. Pierce Transit -- Justin Leighton, Government Relations Officer, Pierce Transit.
    3. King County Metro -- Kevin Desmond, General Manager, King County Metro Transit.
  3. Update on 2012 Aviation Search and Rescue Study --- In 2012, the JTC evaluated the state's Aviation Search and Rescue (SAR) program, which is housed at WSDOT. This work session will provide an update on the SAR program, and efforts to-date to improve communication and coordination within the SAR community, expand training opportunities, and improve pilot safety -- Gene Baxstrom, JTC Senior Policy Analyst; Tristan Atkins, WSDOT Director of Aviation; Tom Peterson, WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services Coordinator.
  4. Puget Sound's Deep Water Ports --- This work session will focus on the Puget Sound's deep water ports, their importance to the statewide economy, and other related public and private investments that support and contribute to a broader economic benefit:
    1. The Puget Sound's deep water ports and the impact they have on state and local economies, current conditions and future outlook -- Bill Bryant, Commissioner, Port of Seattle; Dick Marzano, Commissioner, Port of Tacoma.
    2. Trade and related industrial development in the Duwamish -- Dave Gering, Executive Director of the Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Council; John Odland, Vice President of MacMillan-Piper; Vince O'Halloran, President of the Puget Sound Ports Council, Maritime Trades AFL-CIO.
    3. Statewide impact of the deep water ports -- Jon DeVaney, executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association; Eric Shinfeld, President of the Washington Council on International Trade.
  5. WSDOT mega project updates:
    1. SR 520 -- Julie Meredith, PE, WSDOT 520 Program Director.
    2. SR 99 tunnel -- Todd Trepanier, AWV Program Administrator; Linea Laird, WSDOT Assistant Secretary, Chief Engineer.
  6. Adjourn.
  7. TOUR of SR 99 tunnel project (conclude by 4 PM).

Please note: Topics, actions, and times are subject to change.



Transportation, Joint Committee* -  09/30/13  10:00 am

Cost Efficiencies Study Advisory Panel Meeting
(360) 786-7329
Sen. Conf. Rms ABC
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 9/27/2013 at 9:02 AM

Agenda:  
  1. Welcome & introductions.
  2. Agenda overview & meeting objectives.
  3. Project status: Overview of project status and refined approach.
  4. Discussion of cost analysis: Overview and discussion of WSDOT project cost analysis.
  5. Lunch.
  6. Detailed discussion of cost drivers:
    1. Sales tax.
    2. Prevailing wage.
    3. Mitigation.
  7. Cross-cutting themes: Introduction and discussion of themes that cross multiple cost drivers.
  8. Roundtable comments:
    1. What considerations should we keep in mind as we continue our work?.
    2. Other comments and suggestions?.
  9. Adjourn.

Meeting is scheduled to end at 4:00 p.m.



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Veterans' & Military Affairs, Joint Committee -  09/17/13  2:30 pm

Full Committee
(360) 786-7258
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:  Overview of veteran and military issues and interim planning.





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